Diary Notes from the Trip to the Affected Areas in Kyrgyzstan
By Rima Imarova, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Program Assistant
UNICEF office in collaboration with its counterparts from UNFPA and WHO went to Osh and Djalal-Abad to assess how the health of mothers and children has been effected during the emergency in the south of the country. The team attended health facilities and camps of internally displaced people in Osh and Djalal-Abad Provinces.
June 29, 2010. Djalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan – Visit to the maternity hospital.
July 02, 2010, Osh, Kyrgyzstan – Visit to the camp of internally displaced people based in Shevchenko school.
Their leader told us that so far they are receiving sufficient humanitarian aid, and that when medicines have run out they are quickly replaced. Two women living in the camp are pregnant, according to the community leader. A medical room has been established at the school, and a doctor is taking care of the women and others needing medical help. If the women go into labour during curfew hours, they have been advised by the Deputy Head of the Provincial Group of Family Practitioners, to call the local hospital. An ambulance would then be sent to collect them.
July 03, 2010, Osh, Kyrgyzstan – UNICEF team made a visit to another camp of internally displaced people in Osh where 500 people of Kyrgyz ethnicity are living. Here we met Mr. Abdilamin Bataev, a neurosurgeon, who had been held as a hostage together with his family for several days. His wife is now being treated in hospital along with his two young sons who are aged four and two. The boys are both suffering from diarrhea. “I am separated from my family and really worry about my wife and son. I miss them a lot and hope to see them soon,” said Abdilamin with sadness in his eyes. As a doctor Abdilamin is doing his best to look after others in the camp. He told us there were 44 people with special needs living here, and he shared his concern for the children in the camp: “We ask you to pay attention to children as they need some recreational activities and psychological support.”
Having carried out their own assessment, the team returned to Bishkek and started to draft a plan of action to help address some of the main problems. Most of the activities will be organised with the help of the UNICEF operating base in Osh which was opened in response to the emergency crisis a week ago.
It seems symbolic that UNICEF’s new operating base is cited in a house where the owner hid twenty local women and children during those terrible days when civil unrest paralysed Osh town last month. In that house, the people of varying ethnicities and ethnics supported each other and planned how they would protect each other.
UNICEF continues to help the affected people, in particular women and children regardless of their ethnicity, and promotes the principles of peace and development in the region.